On 4 June 1940, after nine days and nights of epic endeavour, Operation Dynamo was terminated. That same day, before many of the rescue vessels had even returned to their home ports, the Admiralty issued instructions requiring ships’ captains, from the largest warship to the smallest ‘Little Ship’, to submit a report detailing their actions at Dunkirk. Among those who responded was Lieutenant E.L. Davies RNVR, captain of the requisitioned paddle steamer HMS Oriole, as Martin Mace reports.

British and French troops wade through shallow water to a skoot beached on the sands east of Dunkirk.


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